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The Lakers are coming after Dwight Howard

As expected, Magic star Dwight Howard’s name came up often after the
Lakers were swept out of the playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks.
A Lakers’ revival could take place quickly if they could trade for
Howard this summer or next season, according to some talking heads in
the ABC/ESPN studio and some writers with the L.A. Times.
It’s not a revelation.

Spurs’ ‘wonderful season’ leads to summer uncertainty

The old champion sat in the corner locker at the FedEx Forum late
Friday night, vanquished and spent. He performed his perfunctory media
obligations, answering in a low tone a few questions about one of the
most disappointing playoff ousters of his Hall of Fame career.

And then, Tim Duncan stood up, walked toward the door and into the most uncertain offseason of his life.

Iguodala was at a doctor's appointment

76ers swingman Andre Iguodala said he did not "skip" his exit
interview today at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he
was attending a team doctor’s appointment. Iguodala was present for the
team meeting and media availability, at which point the individual
players were scheduled to meet with coach Doug Collins. Iguodala had a
previously scheduled doctor’s appointment, as do all players who battle
injuries throughout the year. Iguodala suffered both right knee and
Achilles tendinitis.

Amar'e Stoudemire wants Mike D'Antoni back

Carmelo Anthony won’t complain if Mike D’Antoni returns to coach the Knicks next season. Then again, Melo wouldn’t mind if he had a new coach, either.
Less
than 24 hours after the Knicks were swept out of the playoffs by the
Celtics, Anthony was noncommittal when discussing D’Antoni’s future.
Following an exit interview with D’Antoni and team president Donnie Walsh Monday in Greenburgh, Anthony said D’Antoni had earned his "respect."

Billups hoping to get second 'Chaunce' with Knicks

Chauncey Billups is anxious to experience being part of the Knicks — and seeing what they can do — for a full season.
Billups, who missed the final three-plus games of the Celtics series
with a strained tendon in his left knee, said yesterday he hopes the
Knicks pick up his $14 million option for next season. The veteran point
guard also declared his 34-year-old body is still in superb condition.
"Yeah, sure," Billups said when asked if he wanted to be back. "I
would love the opportunity to really try it up with these guys and not,
like, play 30 games after a trade. Like, really have a season. Have an
opportunity to really get a fair shake with these guys. I would love
to."

Zach Randolph agrees to 4-year deal

Turns out that Zach Randolph’s Game 1 performance Sunday afternoon against the San Antonio Spurs came with added motivation.

The Grizzlies’ forward is set to sign a four-year contract extension
this week worth $66 million guaranteed with an additional $5 million in
incentives, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.
Randolph’s agent, Raymond Brothers, and Griz general manager Chris
Wallace agreed to a deal in principle late Saturday night, the sources
said.

Full spin ahead for NBA coaching carouselGolden State Warriors first-year coach

Golden State Warriors first-year coach Keith Smart had a long talk with Al Thornton
after the team’s final shootaround of the season Wednesday morning. The
topic: what the forward needs to work on this summer to become a better
player. The Warriors hope to re-sign Thornton in free agency.

What they haven’t answered yet is whether Smart will be back to coach him.

The Warriors rewarded general manager Larry Riley with a contract
extension Thursday and also hired a new assistant GM in former player
agent Bob Myers. But team officials didn’t provide any update on the
status of Smart, who has a team option for next season on his contract.

Hayes reiterates desire to stay

Free agency looms

"I want to be here,"
Hayes said. "This is home for me. This has been home for me for six
years. Houston is all I know. Houston is all I want to know."

Though the Rockets
have made no secret about their desire to find a center taller than
their shooting guard, Hayes has made a strong case for a place in the
mix.

His averages of 7.9
points, 2.7 assists and eight rebounds per game are career bests. His
defensive work has been sensational, frustrating stars young and old,
from Blake Griffin to Tim Duncan. He inspired coach Rick Adelman to
campaign for him to be on the All-Defense team.

Knicks 'will make an inquiry' regarding possible availability of Suns

The NBA trade-rumor mill has recently included Steve Nash’s name,
although that is viewed more as speculation than anything else.

Still, the Knicks are going to do their due diligence, just in case the
Suns are actually interested in moving the face of their franchise.

Jack not hot on Heat rumours

To borrow one of those brainless quotes that often come out of an
athlete’s mouth these days, it is what it is, which is why Jarrett Jack
isn’t losing any sleep over it.

A rumour has made the rounds linking Jack with the Miami Heat, where
club president Pat Riley is said to be keen on bringing in more shooters
to spread the floor and provide better spacing for the team’s Big
Three.

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